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Why We Need A Sequel Trilogy- TWL

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Rebels Roundtable Host to Participate in Autism Speaks Event

Every year Rebels Roundtable host Johnathan and his family participate in the Autism Speaks North Shore walk, and they make up a shirt for their team: Jonah’s Jedi Force. This year the designers came up with three possibilities! Which one do you think was chosen?

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Every registered member of their team will get a shirt, so if you are in the Chicagoland area, sign up now! What better way to celebrate May 4th than honoring the Jedi code by walking for a good cause?

So sign up, grab your cloak and Lightsaber, and meet them Sunday morning at New Trier High School!

All details about joining Jonah’s Jedi Force or making a donation can be found right here.

Episode VII: We Have Our Cast!

Wow, it’s hard to believe, but after the year+ deluge of rumors, StarWars.com has announced the official cast of Episode VII!

Returning are Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker . (I assume they will all be reprising their respective roles.)

The original stars will be joined by John BoyegaDaisy RidleyAdam DriverOscar IsaacAndy SerkisDomhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow.

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This is actually happening folks!

-Riley

The EU Lives on as Legends

mill__jkt_all_r1.inddGreetings Fandom, it is I, the Defender of the EU, Champion of the Multi-verse, and currently Bi-Polar Star Wars Fan Mark Hurliman. I come before you today after having spent yesterday and last night marinating in the new knowledge that the Fate of the EU is known. And while some may say it’s dead, or that it’s relabeled, and others still say it never counted, I say it’s reborn. Set free. No longer shackled to a universe that would deny it.

What am I talking about? Well in case you’ve been hiding from rumors and such, or been camping, or away from the internet, the sky has fallen.

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Closing a Chapter – An Expanded Universe Eulogy

I must confess, watching the Star Wars Expanded Universe past present and future video on starwars.com yesterday left me with the impression that it was a sort of eulogy.

An era of Star Wars is over.

Sometimes it’s easy to forget how despite the elation of having new Star Wars films coming to theaters, and the Star Wars saga continuing on in the ownership of a new company, that sacrifices will be made, and now have been made. What was previously known as the “Expanded Universe” will now be placed under the “Legends” banner and will not be the blueprint for the future of the franchise.

I must say, almost anyone could have seen this coming, however it is still sad nonetheless. I think that Lucasfilm and Co. did a the best job they could have done making this transition. I felt the announcement was made with respect to the old universe, and I’m pleased that they’ll be borrowing from the old EU going forward.

End of an Era

I’ve never really considered myself a Star Wars EU fan, as much as simply a Star Wars fan in general. There elements of the EU that I’ve always enjoyed, but I’ve never thought of the EU as my primary expression as a Star Wars fan. However, after watching the video in the press release, I realized just how much of the EU I’ve really loved as a fan. While the post Return of the Jedi era Expanded Universe novels never fully captured my imagination in the way that it did many fans, I did really enjoy stories such as Knights of the Old Republic, the Force Unleashed, Shadows of the Empire, and many other novels, books, comics, & video games.

Even the most ardent film purist must admit to the enormous impact that the Expanded Universe and its many incarnations had on the Star Wars franchise, and the Star Wars fan community.

-Riley Blanton – Twitter